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Canada downs China to stay undefeated at world mixed doubles

Associated Press

4/26/2012 7:21:49 PM

ERZURUM, Turkey -- Canada is the lone team to remain unbeaten in its group at the world mixed doubles curling championship.

Chantelle Eberle and Dean Hicke of Regina beat China 8-5 on Thursday to improve to 6-0 atop its group.

China meanwhile also beat Finland 11-1 and Latvia 8-4 to trail Canada at 5-1.

"We watched (China) play a little bit and they are quite defensive," said Hicke. "They would throw guards up early. So we wanted to get a feel for how they would play the game."

Canada plays Norway on Friday.

There are 27 teams competing at the event. Teams are divided into three round-robin groups -- red, blue and yellow.

Round-robin play continues through Saturday.

Quarter-finals, semifinals and medal games will be played Sunday.